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December 24, 2013

Common-Core Headlines You Probably Won't See in 2014

A review of the top curriculum posts of 2013, and a lighthearted look ahead to the headlines you probably won't see in 2014.

December 23, 2013

Should Consortium Tests Be as Tough as NAEP?

The state testing consortia's work to peg their tests to a NAEP-like level of rigor sparks concerns at the board that sets policy for NAEP.

December 19, 2013

D.C. Adopts Common Science Standards

With an 8-0 vote yesterday by its board of education, D.C. joins eight states that have adopted the Next Generation Science Standards so far.

December 18, 2013

Finland's Global Standing in Education Takes Hit With Latest PISA Results

Educational tourism to Finland may be on the wane following the recent results from an international assessment in math, reading, and science.

December 17, 2013

Panel Recommends New Breed of Assessments for Science Learning

A vision for science testing, recommended by a panel of the National Research Council, would fundamentally change the current model of assessment, blending classroom-based assessments and periodic tests to "monitor" learning with information about students' "opportunity to learn."

December 12, 2013

Consortium Watch: Kansas Drops Out of Smarter Balanced Testing Group

Kansas chooses to have its state university design its tests rather than using the system being created by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

December 12, 2013

Much Unknown About Testing Companies' Data-Privacy Plans, Report Shows

In a Michigan report, 12 companies vying for bigger shares of the common-core assessment market disclose new information about their plans, but many fall short of supplying the state with sufficient reassurance about their handling of student data.

December 11, 2013

ACT Hires Former High-Profile Schools Chief to Consult on New Test

Tony Bennett has been hired to help ACT Inc., on Aspire, its new suite of common-core assessments.

December 11, 2013

New York City Council Takes Stand Against High-Stakes Testing

New York City's governing body adopts a resolution drafted by anti-testing groups and circulated nationally as model legislation.

December 10, 2013

NAEP Committee Wrestles With Exclusion-Rate Policy

The body that sets policy for NAEP considers revising the way it reports exclusion rates to distinguish between students not permitted to take the test, and those who decline to do so because it doesn't offer the accommodations they need.

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